Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco is a wonderful children's book. Larnel is asked to help care for an abandoned kitten with neighbor Mrs. Katz. She is lonely after her husband's death. They become friends as Mrs. Katz teaches him about her home in Poland, Jewish heritage, and religious holidays. "Soon Larnel learns to love Mrs. Katz, while he discovers the common themes of suffering and triumph black history shares with the Jewish heritage." The illustrations and story are great.